Cheryl L. Kates P.C.
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About Cheryl L. Kates










Cheryl L. Kates, Esq.


Cheryl L. Kates, Esq., attended Syracuse University College of Law, graduating in 2002. She also has a Bachelors Degree from St. John Fisher College in Political Science. Cheryl completed her Masters Degree in Public Administration from Walden University. She is currently a Licensed Practical Nurse and has been since 1990. Cheryl has completed the requirements for a certificate in Investigative Criminal Profiling studying with renowned Criminal Profiler Pat Brown.

Cheryl is the former president and co-founder of Edge of Justice. This was a not-for-profit organization dedicated to the advocacy of inmates. The NFP was dissolved in 2007. She also served as the Interim Director of the NY Civil Liberties Union in Syracuse, NY, on a volunteer basis. After becoming an attorney, she continued on with the organization as part of the legal team in both Rochester and Syracuse, NY. Ms. Kates is formerly a professor of law at Bryant and Stratton College and Rochester Business Institute teaching paralegals.

In 2004, Cheryl L. Kates, Esq., received the Martin Luther King Drum Major of Justice Award from the Statewide Coalition of Families of Prisoners for her outstanding courage, commitment, and leadership for advocating for inmate families. This is an award that she values dearly.

Cheryl L. Kates is also the editor of Rochester Woman Online. She is a print ad and runway model. Her duties at the publication include marketing, live reporting, creative direction and runway coordination. Additionally, she hosts a weekly podcast at ROC VOX "Dishing with the Divas" along with Kelly Breuer. She is also a promoter in the Hip-Hop genre in her spare time.



Master of Public Administration

Doctor of Law - JD, Law

B.S., Political Science


• Licensed Practical Nurse

Bar Admissions

• New York


• Empire State Counsel Award, NYS Bar Association, 2007-2010

• Martin Luther King Drum Major of Justice Award, Statewide Coalition of Families of Prisoners, 2004